America’s Favorite Family

The proud title bestowed on popular radio/television celebrities Ozzie & Harriet Nelson when they played themselves for eight successful seasons on radio and then on the sitcom THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET/ABC/1952-66.


The program featured an “All American Family” headed by Ozzie, the fun-loving father and Harriet, his wife who was always in the midst of some domestic duty, like vacuuming carpets or preparing meals for her two sons, David and Eric “The Irrepressible Ricky” Nelson.

The program’s plotlines were simple clean-cut tales of day-to-day living devoid of topics of sex and drugs. However, Rock ‘n Roll became a popular theme during the boy’s teenage years when Ricky performed his version of Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin’.” It made him an overnight teen idol and sold one million records.

Of course, these musical interludes were welcomed by Ozzie, (a retired bandleader) and Harriet (a former band singer) who jumped into the entertainment whenever they had the chance.

On the 1973 syndicated series OZZIE’S GIRLS, the Nelson’s continuing their role as “America’s Favorite Family,” rented out their boy’s room to two college coeds Susie  Hamilton (Susan Sennett) and Brenda Mackenzie (Brenda Sykes).

See also“The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – Intros” @ You Tube


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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